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Heat's profane attempts to keep LeBron in Miami

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12:06 PM ET 03.31 | In the past two weeks, it would seem the Miami Heat's level of confidence has gone from profound to profane. Last week, Heat owner Micky Arison sarcastically needled the Cleveland Cavaliers with a "WTF" reference on Twitter. On Friday, Heat president Pat Riley, who normally projects an air of coolness reserved for movie stars, told Celtics general manager Danny Ainge to "shut the [expletive] up" through a spokesman. That's right, through a spokesman. What has gotten into the Heat's leading men that they would represent their organization with such brusque language? On the surface, it might appear that all the winning has made Arison and Riley drunk on success. Arison and Riley are in a fight -- a fight to keep LeBron James in Miami -- and their recent outbursts are no doubt a sign that the business of securing the greatest player in the game is a stressful endeavor. James can't re-sign with the Heat until after next season, but it's never too early to protect an investment.

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March 31, 2013  12:36 PM ET

Micky needs to spend more time keeping his ships sailing.

March 31, 2013  01:10 PM ET

if Lebron wins another title he stay....

March 31, 2013  01:11 PM ET
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Micky needs to spend more time keeping his ships sailing.

and Lebron will be a good captain.......

March 31, 2013  01:14 PM ET

There has been speculation that the Cavs would make a run at acquiring James during the summer of 2014, if he chooses to exercise his option to become a free agent. The Cavs, as matters stand now, could be in a favorable salary cap position to pursue James

March 31, 2013  01:17 PM ET

James is being paid $17.5 million this season, tied for the 13th-highest salary in the NBA. Bosh also is earning $17.5 million this season, while Wade is making $17.1 million. Had they taken max deals in 2010, each could have made just under $20 million this season. It would have cost the Heat an additional $8 million in luxury taxes, roughly $12 million next season, and they might not have been able to add players Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Shane Battier and Ray Allen to the roster. it will be hard for the Heatles to keep the big three

March 31, 2013  01:18 PM ET

James' agent and childhood friend, Rich Paul, born and raised and still living in Cleveland, has been privately telling people for two years of his intrigue with bringing the prodigal son.

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March 31, 2013  01:24 PM ET

Actually, Dwayne Wade needed Lebron to carry the heat to a title, that's why they got together in the first place. Check the numbers of last years playoffs, James has pretty much been the leader and the weight carrier of the team since he got there. Any team would take him in a heartbeat no matter how the fans feel

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March 31, 2013  01:25 PM ET
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Lebron is going to the Lakers to team with Dwight and CP3 in two years.

I dont know if Lebron will go to L A and play for mess team

March 31, 2013  01:28 PM ET
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Lebron is going to the Lakers to team with Dwight and CP3 in two years.

That's the plan my friend. Stay tuned.......

March 31, 2013  01:28 PM ET

LeBron James playing in L.A.? That will become a circus act because Kobe has already stated that L.A. is his team and nobody elses. That act caused Shaq to leave because he could not get along with Kobe and won a title without him. LeBron needs to evaluate each team before going to them. If he decides to stay, which would be smarter, he would probably win at least one more before Wade retires

March 31, 2013  01:31 PM ET

if LeBron were to stay, it could be???in part???from his desire to prevent creating a free-agency experience similar to the one that occurred in 2010. The media tracked his every word and move, and it's possible LeBron just doesn't want to have to live through all of that hoopla again.

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March 31, 2013  01:36 PM ET

if Miami is where he wants to be LeBron may not want to irritate the fans who pay to see him every night by giving them the impression that he is contemplating a change of scenery In a sense, LeBron would really be making a big statement of how he regards the city and organization if he were to not even afford himself the opportunity to explore other options

March 31, 2013  01:38 PM ET
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Kobe and Pau are done after next year and the Lakers will have a lot of cash to crown a king.In 3 years LA will be celebrating another title to begin the Lebron era in Los Angeles.

may you right, in three years things change, you never know......

March 31, 2013  01:40 PM ET

im out.... Happy Easter..!!!!!!

March 31, 2013  01:42 PM ET
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Kobe and Pau are done after next year and the Lakers will have a lot of cash to crown a king.In 3 years LA will be celebrating another title to begin the Lebron era in Los Angeles.

Yep.
Kobe maybe will have one year extension at the max. He will not be playing too long. Gasol after next season is out as MWP money, so LA will have tons of room to offer Lebron what he wants plus all the money in endorsements a market like SoCal can offer.
So there is a good chance Lebron might find it very attractive.

 
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